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Register Now for TACSEI Webinar
Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children: An Intervention Model for the Most Serious Challenging Behaviors
December 14, 2012
12:00 – 1:30 EST

Glen DunlapThis webinar with Glen Dunlap and Janice Lee will provide a description of Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children, a model of intervention for young children with the most persistent and severe challenging behaviors.  The model is based on the well-established procedures of positive behavior support, but is designed to help providers implement the assessment and intervention strategies with a high level of fidelity, leading to improved effectiveness. PTR-YC is a process for use in early Janice Leechildhood care and education settings, including pre-K classrooms, and consists of teaming and goal setting, practical data collection, functional behavioral assessment, intervention planning and implementation.  All steps are designed for use by typical early childhood providers.  The webinar will consist of a one-hour presentation followed by 30 minutes of questions. Registered participants will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance or pose questions during a question period. There are limited seats available to participate in the live webinar (register early!).  If you can’t attend, we will record and post the webinar for continued access to the recording and resources. Visit the TACSEI website to register.

10th Annual NTI on Effective Practices: Supporting Young Children's Social Emotional Development
March 20-23, 2013
Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida

NTI 2013Have you registered for the 10th Annual National Training Institute on Young Children with Challenging Behavior?  Spaces are going quickly!  Check out the two pre-conference workshops, extend your stay and leave with even more information.
Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool Reliability Training: The Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool Reliability Training (TPOT) is being revised for publication with an expected publication date of Fall, 2013.  The Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT) reliability training program prepares attendees to assess preschool teacher implementation of the Pyramid Model practices using the newest version of the TPOT instrument. Participants who successfully complete the workshop and meet reliability standards will receive a certificate indicating reliability status and can serve as reliability partners to other observers. Participants will receive the new tool and manual.
Prevent-Teach-Reinforce: This workshop is designed to convey detailed information about “Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children (PTR-YC).”  PTR-YC is a model for addressing challenging behaviors of young children in preschool settings (including public and private Pre-K, Head Start and child care classrooms).  It is a model of positive behavior support that is described with a high level of specificity so that teachers, coaches, and other program personnel will find it to be highly effective, user-friendly and practical.  The workshop will guide participants through all steps of the model and will demonstrate use of the assessment and intervention tools.  Participants will receive the Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children (PTR-YC) book as part of their registration fees.

New Additions to the Backpack Connection Series
Backpack Connection SeriesAttention teachers and caregivers! TACSEI recently added three new handouts to the Backpack Connection Series: How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Disappointment; How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Frustration; and How to Help Your Child Transition Smoothly Between Places and Activities. The Backpack Connection Series was created by TACSEI to provide a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. Teachers may choose to send a handout home in each child’s backpack when a new strategy or skill is introduced to the class. Each Backpack Connection handout provides information that helps parents stay informed about what their child is learning at school and specific ideas on how to use the strategy or skill at home. Visit the TACSEI website to take a look at the entire series. Keeping checking back-more handouts are being added periodically!

New Routine-Based Guides
Routine Based Support GuideAre you familiar with the routine-based guide offered by Creating Teaching Tools for Young Children? Have you discovered the guide that is located within the Parent Modules (Module 6) offered by CSEFEL?  If you find these tools useful, you will also like three new guides that we have to share with you that were developed by CSEFEL Team Tennessee.
  • Family Routine Based Support Guide: Building Relationships with Infants
  • Family Routine Based Support Guide: Early Elementary-4 to 8 year olds
  • Classroom Routine Support Guide: Early Elementary K-2nd grade
Download them from the TACSEI website today!

New Book to be Published by TACSEI Faculty
Boy on Stack of BooksPrevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children (PTR-YC) is a new book to be published by Paul Brookes Publishing Company with an expected publication date of March, 2013.  The authors are Glen Dunlap, Kelly Wilson, Phil Strain, and Janice Lee.  PTR-YC is an evidence-based model for addressing serious and persistent challenging behaviors of preschool-aged children.  The book provides details about all aspects of the PTR-YC model, from planning through assessment and intervention, and includes a CD with all of the forms and tools used in the PTR-YC process.

Tech Tips for Trainers & Coaches
Tech Tips for Trainers & Coaches, by Larry Edelman, is a regular feature in which Larry highlights a useful application or resource each month.
Ways to Keep Up with Technology
Woman with ComputerThis month I’ll take a shot at answering the frequently asked question “How do you keep up with technology?” As we all know, the use of technology can enhance a range of early care and education activities related to direct service delivery, professional development, technical assistance, and dissemination. But keeping up with technology is challenging because it changes so rapidly! Devices, software applications, and operating systems come and go all the time, so we need to find ways to stay informed about tools that we might find useful. To keep up with technology, I have found three strategies that work for me:
  1. Seek up-to-date news sources: I look for news sources that are not only reliable, but are also quick and nimble, i.e., updated daily, or least weekly, including blogs, users groups, news aggregators, RSS feeds, association special interest groups, and e-newsletters. Journal articles and books are essential and treasured resources, but their production often moves too slowly to keep up with the pace of technological changes.
  2. Look to other fields: I find that it is useful to “cast a wide net.” In addition to news from the fields of early care and education and early intervention, I look to other fields, including K-12 education, higher education, performance support, e-learning, instructional technology, business, and “gadgetry” as well as sources related to assistive technology, mobile devices, and all things Apple.
  3. Be selective and know when you’ve had enough: I try to subscribe to feeds that I think will be useful or interesting and I try to make sure that I only subscribe to as many as I can manage. If I start to feel overwhelmed or if something doesn’t prove to be useful, I simply unsubscribe.
Below are some of my current favorite technology news sources (my list changes frequently). Keep in mind that while these resources are useful to me, they may not reflect your needs and interests. The point is that you should cultivate your own set of technology news sources that will be useful to YOU.

Last, when you need a moment to chill out during the busy holiday season, I invite you to check out two fun web sites that I learned about from a couple of my favorite blogs:
  1. Silk: Silk is a “a magical interactive artwork”
  2. The Digital Creativity Guidebook is a fun and informative a digital pop-up book
Larry’s Current Favorite Technology News Sources
Technology and Education: Technology in General: Elearning: Performance Support: Gadgets: Want to learn more? Visit Larry's blog for valuable information about using technology in providing professional development, technical assistance, and dissemination.

Events You Should Know About
TACSEI and CSEFEL faculty may provide presentations, workshops and/or sessions at the events listed below. Please visit each association's website for specific program and registration information.

NABE 42nd Annual Conference
February 7-9, 2013
Lake Buena Vista, FL

10th Annual National Training Institute on Effective Practices: Supporting Young Children's Social Emotional Development
March 20-23, 2013
Clearwater Beach, FL

2013 National Child Care Aware of America Policy Symposium
April 10-13, 2013
Washington, D.C.

40th Annual Head Start Conference
April 28, 2013 - May 3, 2013
Washington, DC
December 2012

About the Centers
TACSEI LogoThe Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children, (TACSEI) is a five-year grant made possible by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. TACSEI takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates FREE products and resources to help decision makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day.
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CSEFEL LogoThe Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age five. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country. Visit the CSEFEL website at:

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This Update was made possible by grant #H326B070002, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and grant #90YD0779 from the Office of Head Start and Child care Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not represent the official views or policies of the funding agency, nor does publication in any way constitute an endorsement by the funding agency.